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New Meetup: West Magnolia Fall Colors Hike

From: Margaret
Sent on: Sunday, September 12, 2010 2:18 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Contemplative Hiking Along the Front Range!

What: West Magnolia Fall Colors Hike

When: Wednesday, September 29,[masked]:00 AM

Price: $1.00 per person

Where: Reynods park Area West Magnolia
off Magnolia Road
Nederland, CO 80466

This is a trail I just discovered yesterday near Boulder and close to Nederland. The trail starts out on a gravel, narrow road and then narrows to a single track through pretty aspen groves, where you feel fully immersed in autumn color and the soft rustle of leaves. Then we'll loop through a switchback dirt trail that zig zags down through the pines and then returns to the aspens. There are views of the Continental Divide west of Nederland from certain vantage points and some some rock outcroppings. This is a dry trail with no lakes, streams or marshy areas. It's fairly quiet and I'm betting we'll be the only ones on the trail this time of day on a weekday.

This will be a fall colors hike for folks who would like to do a weekday hike in the morning. It's pretty close to Boulder - I would guess about 25 minutes from downtown Boulder to the trailhead.

Please see directions for important instructions on parking and location.

As always, this will be a mostly silent hike. No dogs please.

DIRECTIONS: From Boulder take Canyon Blvd to Magnolia Road. Turn left on Magnolia. SET YOUR TRIPOMETER TO ZERO and watch the mileage. You'll be watching for the turnoff at around 8.2 miles. Magnolia is a paved road that switchbacks steeply up the hill (even steeper than Flagstaff Road), so be sure your car has good brakes for the way down :-) After a few miles, Magnolia turns into a dirt road. When you've driven about 8.2 miles from the Canyon/Magnolia intersection, look for a right turn off Magnolia. There, you'll see a more degraded dirt road with a small narrow Forest Service sign with the number 657 on it. That's the way to the trail.

If you own a low-clearance car or sedan: I recommend parking immediately at the turn from Magnolia. That's where I'll wait in my dark red Toyota FJ Cruiser. The last 1/8 of a mile to the trail is very rutted and you may scrape the bottom of your regular car. I will shuttle you to the trail in my FJ. I will try to remember to bring my little orange flag to stick on my car so you'll know it's me.

DIFFICULTY: The first part of the hike is fairly easy and flat, but there is a short steep hill which we will first walk down, then have to loop back up - so maybe a few hundred feet of elevation loss/gain. Parts of the trail have loose sand and rocks, so wear sturdy shoes and maybe bring hiking poles if you own some, although the poles are optional.

DONATION: a suggested donation of $1 per person per hike is appreciated to cover MeetUp organizer fees and gas.

CARPOOL: I can pick up members anywhere between Westminster and Boulder to carpool, as long as it's close to Hwy. 36, 28th, or Canyon Blvd.

CALL if you get lost or have last minute questions or a cancellation:[masked]-7230.

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